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Tuesday, June 25, 2002
Never Enough Technological Ironies Department
Have you ever noticed that some people will forgive others of an accident that will leave them in a cast for weeks on end, but when they find a bug in their software, will rant and rail as if they were personally attacked?
Those of us who are struggling to find decent work in an imploded technical economy NEED this site--fuckthatjob.com, a fellow web log that posts cryptic, poorly written ads offering jobs where one is expected to perform Herculean tasks at Scroogian wages. You go, girl.
Never Enough REAL Gay Pride Department Alternet has republished a story about Gay Shame, a growing rebellion within the LGBT community, against assimilating so completely with the larger culture that we risk condoning injustice with our silence. This is an issue I have had to reckon with ever since I saw a banner, years ago, with a naked, buff man tastefully covered in a billowing rainbow-colored gauze, ending with a Miller Lite logo. While Miller might not be quite as bad as other corporate sponsors of gay pride events, the impression was made that the LGBT community was willing to prostitute itself in the form of product endorsements for cash.
Politics in LGBT circles have become increasingly watered down, lest people and companies become offended, and too many queer folk turn a blind eye to real issues as a result. But we cannot expect acceptance to come from being non-offensive--there will always be those offended, sometimes to a violent degree, by who and what we are as gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered, intersexed, leatherfolk, and the myriad other sexual and genderal minorities of humanity. Acceptance ultimately must come from dignity coupled with an unwillingness to be trod upon. We must not allow others to sell the soul of the LGBT world for temporary queer chic.
In the wake of the West finally noticing the wave of Wahhabism that is threatening the Islamic world--sometimes interpreted by dumbasses as being the core nature of Islam--Salon.com published an article listing many of the cultural gains that Western society received from Arabs. And I thought I had to do it myself. I'm not a huge fan of salon.com but, in this case, thank you!
Never Enough Transgender Computer Pioneers Department
Scientific American had printed this article a couple of years ago regarding Lynn Conway, who had pioneered techniques that helped launch the VLSI microchip revolution, while dealing with the stigma of a transsexual in the early computer industry. It is thanks to her work that your computer is capable of doing so much, so fast, compared to previous generations of computers. I am also thankful to her for coming out and providing herself as an admirable role model for transgendered people everywhere. Kick butt, Lynn!
Thanks to The Bean Magazine there is now a "separated at birth" page that lists Republican hawks who have avoided actual military service at all costs, and the hapless poor soldiers born--more or less--at the same time and in the same town, who didn't dodge the draft, OR the bullet.
Well, it was time to admit that many of my old favorite webcomics had pretty much petered out. I will continue to watch for comics coming out of hiatus, but it was clear that the time had come for a reorganization of the comics links. As usual, I try to maintain certain standards for art, humor (preferrably a bit on the dark side), and relevance, but ultimately a strip that charms me will win over one that's too ponderous. Hope you enjoy!